Media Lounge

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, February 22-25, 2012
Concourse Meeting Theater Room 411, Level 2, Los Angeles Convention Center
Organized by Conrad Gleber, Micol Hebron, and Cindy Smith

Media Lounge Locative Screenings

QR: Here, There, Anywhere, Everywhere        
Conceived and curated by Conrad Gleber

The Media Lounge breaks new ground with interactive mobile locative screenings via QR codes readable on smart phones. Pick up your QR catalog at the ARTspace booth in the registration area, Concourse Foyer, Level 1, LACC, or at the ARTspace room, West Hall Meeting Room 515A, Level 2, LACC. This innovative media exhibition presents deep content through new communications technology that fuses public and private, digital and real time space. Audiences will have access to a wide range of media arts including digital art, sound, video and internet-based projects by global innovators and experimenters in the field, at any time or place they have their smart phones on. The printed QR code catalog containing the graphic QR codes for all the artworks being presented will be available to all Conference attendees at the Media Lounge Theater, ARTspace room and booth. It will function as a portable connection to the personal smart phone viewing space—in your hotel room, on the street, at the conference between sessions, etc. Art at your fingertips anywhere, everywhere. 

Media Lounge Video Screenings

Forward Thinking: A Curatorial Roundabout
Organized by Micol Hebron

This program is curated and produced by Visual and Media Arts graduate students in six Los Angeles colleges. Each group of students has curated exceptional media work from another participating graduate program to be projected as large screen video in the Media Lounge Theater at LACC. Conceived to showcase work by top student-artists on the west coast, this program introduces vibrant innovative work by a new young generation of artists with a fresh perspective and approach to the digital media. Participating colleges: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Otis College of Art and Design; University of Southern California (USC); University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA); Chapman University; and Art Center College of Design.

Wednesday, February 22

1:00–2:00 PM
Videos by Art Center College of Design students, curated by CalArts students.

4:00–5:00 PM
Videos by CalArts students, curated by UCLA students.

Thursday, February 23

1:00–2:00 PM
Videos by UCLA students, curated by USC students.

4:00–5:00 PM
Videos by USC students, curated by Chapman students.

Friday, February 24

1:00–2:00 PM
Videos by Chapman students, curated by Otis College of Art and Design students.

4:00–5:00 PM
Videos by Otis students, curated by Art Center College of Design students.

Media Lounge Offsite screenings and Reception

Friday, February 24

6:00–10:00 PM
Reception and Exhibitions
Lobby Court, Westin Bonaventure Hotel

post-/hyper-/anti-/alter-at the Bonaventure features a selection of contemporary video art and films, curated by Cindy Smith and Ken Gonzales-Day, and will be projected in the hotel's Lobby Court during the conference from February 22–25. Cited as a cogent example of “postmodern hyperspace,” the Bonaventure Hotel, which opened in 1976, stands as an architectural cornerstone in the redevelopment of the Bunker Hill neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles. As a confluence of “high art” and “commercial forms”, the Bonaventure is the conceptual starting point for this site-specific exhibition. Some artists have dealt with the Bonaventure explicitly, others with the city of Los Angeles, and still others with broader questions concerning architecture and urban environments in relation to the decentered communications networks of the twenty-first century. Participating artists: Lisa Blas, Andrea Fraser, Victoria Fu, Pato Hebert, Alexandra Juhasz, Tomonari Nishikawa, Michael Owen, Carole Ann Klonarides, Hans Weigand, and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto.

Five Days: Los Angeles, an exhibition featuring work by Kelly Barrie, Renée Petropoulos, Jen Smith, and Alex Zoto, curated by Sherin Guirguis, will also be on show at this time in the Lobby Court. This event is made possible through the generous support of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and Suites.